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Tuesday, 30 May 1939

Mr WARD (East Sydney) .- I shall not accuse the Minister (Mr. Casey) of not having read the bill; but I do not think that he understands it- He referred me to certain penalties provided for by clause 6, and to certain powers that would enable these very necessary inquiries to be made. I now ask him to explain whether it is merely proposed to ask a firm tendering for a contract to furnish its books, &c., for examination by government officers, refusal to do so involving the loss of the contract? So far as I can gather, the refusal of a firm tendering for a contract to make its books available for inspection would not constitute an offence.

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